IntroductionFollowing Earnslaw Burn through bush to the tussock basin at the head of this valley for impressive views of an icefall on Mt Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi.
Follow the Earnslaw Burn Track through the bush to a viewpoint. This viewpoint has impressive views of an icefall on Mt Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi at the edge of the forest where the track ends. For shelter an overhanging rock is just within the forest on the true right, looking downstream, of Earnslaw Burn.
For access through the tussock basin to the head of the valley you need to go through a marginal strip. The marginal strip here extends 10 m either side of Earnslaw Burn. Outside of the marginal strip is private property.
River crossing and route finding experience is essential. There is also windfall and slips along the track that you need to get over.
The track starts on the true left bank of the Earnslaw Burn partway along Lovers Leap Road, a right turn off the gravelled Glenorchy - Paradise Road, 20 minutes from Glenorchy.
This is a challenging track which is not recommended for young children.
- This track is difficult to find in places - you will need strong track finding skills
- There can be extensive windfall along this track which may slow your progress
- The river crossing to get to the bivvy is dangerous in heavy rain
- There is no toilet on the track. What to do if there's no toilet.
Stay safe when crossing rivers
If you plan to cross unbridged rivers, know how to cross safely and be prepared for if you cannot cross.
Do not cross if the river is flooded, you cannot find safe entry and exit points or are unsure it’s safe. Turn back or wait for the river to drop. If in doubt, stay out.